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July 31, 2018

Nuclear weapons abolition

Hiroshima Nagasaki Never Again

Express Your Aspirations at One of over 65 Commemorations in 20 States

Each summer, American citizens commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with an outpouring of concern expressed through myriad, diverse public remembrances and other events. PSR encourages you to challenge the status quo and support nuclear weapons abolition by attending one of the 65+ events we are tracking—in 20 states—between August 1 and August 15. Eleven PSR chapters are sponsoring or cosponsoring events. Consult the Hiroshima/Nagasaki events calendar at to find a commemoration near you. And while you are there, take a look around PSR's brand new website!

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The Doomsday Machine

Book Review: Daniel Ellsberg's Doomsday Machine

PSR member Richard Gillum, MD reviews Daniel Ellsberg's latest book, which provides an insider's view of the United States nuclear weapons apparatus and an impassioned argument for disarmament.

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Environment & Health

Fracking Flare

Reduce Leaking and Venting from Fracked Wells

Why would the government roll back a common-sense, health-protective rule that limits the amount of "fugitive" methane that can be leaked, vented or flared from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands? PSR opposes the proposal to roll back this rule, and PSR health professionals from the heavily fracked states of Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania recently told federal staffers why.

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EPA Hearing

PSR Opposes EPA Effort to Censor Science

PSR leaders and staff stood with other health professionals, scientists, academics and NGO representatives at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing in Washington, DC to voice strong opposition to the EPA's proposed rule, "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science."

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Supreme Court

PSR Opposes Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court

Kavanaugh's potential confirmation threatens environmental protections for decades to come. His opinions on two particular cases demonstrate how hostile he might prove to health and environmental protection, especially as climate change worsens.

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PSR Actions

Ask your senators to support the New START Treaty


Stop Fracked Gas: Protect our waters and climate!

In the news

Environmental Health Issue
Vital Signs - Summer 2018
This special issue of the Massachusetts Medical Society's newsletter includes quotes and articles from local PSR physicians Matt Bivens, Ira Helfand, Krupa Patel, and Jim Recht.


Need for air conditioning rising, but cool comfort too pricey for some
John Upton, Arizona Daily Star - July 11
PSR Arizona's Barbara Warren, MD, discusses how Southwest communities can adapt to climate change.


See it, say it: Climate change
Letter to the editor from Barbara Gottlieb, The Washington Post - July 6


Neither N. Korea nor US leaders can be trusted: Nobel laureate
Interview with Ira Helfand, MD, The Korea Herald - July 3


The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50 - Awaiting Good Faith
Op-ed by Robert Dodge, MD, Common Dreams - July 2

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